FOOTBALL DAYS

(Días de fútbol)

Directed by David Serrano. Spain. 2003.


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A group of useless, no-hoper men agree to form a football team to show they can play together and gain a long-lost sense of achievement and success. In most films they would climb the football league and win the trophy in a nail-biting and hard fought climax. In Football Days the men are as incompetent on the pitch as they are off it. 

Much of the film focuses on Antonio (Ernesto Alterio), an incredibly short-tempered man who gets into a fight only seconds after being released from prison. His ambition is to be a psychologist but he has to work as a taxi-driver in the meantime. There is also a focus on Jorge (Alberto San Juan) who is ditched by his long-term girlfriend (who is Antonio’s sister). Whilst Antonia has to balance his ambition with his abilities, Jorge tries to understand the demands of women in a society where men no longer know the rules let alone rule.

Even the formation of the team, inappropriately named Brazil, comes about  due to a set of misunderstandings. Antonio thinks the creation of the team will cheer up Jorge, whilst Jorge joins to keep Antonio out of trouble.

Like their behaviour in their chaotic football matches, they cheat, lie and steal to score success. One team member says he has been offered a part in a film, but it cannot be made until the producers get a trained pig. The team decides to help him by stealing a pig and training it, after much comic exertion they finally get a pig to the film company only to find that there is no such project.

Football Days is a humorous film that shows the problems and delights of being a 30-something man in a society which he is ill-suited for him. Even if you don’t like football you’ll find that this story shoots and scores.
 

Nigel Watson
 
 
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